Gamecast: June 22, 2010- Chicago Cubs at Seattle Mariners
Ryan Dempster (5-5, 3.67) vs. Jason Vargas (5-2, 2.88)
The Cubs head over to the Left Coast to enjoy a town that knows its sushi and maybe even play some baseball while they're there. For a team that hasn't really done much right this year, the Cubs are surprisingly closer to being in contention than one might think. The Boys in Blue head into tonight trailing by only 7 games in the divison with a fair amount of games left to play. That being said, they need to actually start winning a few series to make that fact matter.
The good news is, the Cubs are coming off of one of their best offensive outbursts, if not the best, of the season. However, consistency in offensive categories has been a bit elusive, as evidenced by the blowout by the Angels the day before. All I know is, for the Cubs to keep scoring runs, everyone needs to step it up.
The bad news is, the Cubs run into Jason Vargas, who has a quality start in 11/13 on the season, the most recent being a win against St. Louis. Vargas tends to struggle with keeping his pitch count down and really lacks a put-away pitch for left-handed batters, so patience is the key tonight.
Derrek Lee- Over his last seven Lee has a line of .353/.429/.941 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. Hopefully this is a sign that Lee's bat is starting to heat up and that he's ready to carry the team a bit.
Since the Cubs were awesome yesterday and even John Grabow didn't suck, I'll let everyone have a day off. Let's cultivate a culture of positivity (I mean, it worked for Rich Hill, right?)
Go Cubs. Win tonight and show us that you can beat teams that are as offensively challenged at times as you are.